46 episodes

RETAIL REVOLUTION is a unique podcast that features in-depth conversations with guest experts in omni-channel retailing with myriad perspectives: technology, consumer engagement, data analytics, merchandising and more. We pay special attention to current socio-political issues and challenges and their implications on fashion retail, as well as opportunities to innovate and rethink retail's future.

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RETAIL REVOLUTION is a unique podcast that features in-depth conversations with guest experts in omni-channel retailing with myriad perspectives: technology, consumer engagement, data analytics, merchandising and more. We pay special attention to current socio-political issues and challenges and their implications on fashion retail, as well as opportunities to innovate and rethink retail's future.

    Conversation with Barbara Kolson, Director, The FAME Center

    Conversation with Barbara Kolson, Director, The FAME Center

    Barbara Kolson, fashion industry attorney and director of The FAME Center at Cardozo Law, discusses the legal frameworks needed to operate a fashion business. She focuses on copyright, trademark and patent law, as well as issues related to entrepreneurship, politics and legal access for women and minorities.

    Barbara Kolsun, director of The FAME Center, is a leading fashion industry attorney, a professor of practice of fashion law at Cardozo Law, and co-editor of the seminal text on the subject, Fashion Law – A Guide for Designers, Fashion Executives and Attorneys (Bloomsbury, 2nd Edition, 2014).  She is a consultant to fashion companies and has taught at NYU and Fordham Law Schools.  Kolsun started the legal departments and was the first General Counsel of Kate Spade, Stuart Weitzman and Seven for All Mankind, and was Assistant General Counsel of Westpoint Stevens and Calvin Klein Jeans. While in private practice, her clients included Ralph Lauren and Tommy Hilfiger.

    Kolsun currently consults with fashion companies on various issues, and was honored with lifetime achievement awards in 2015 by both the Luxury Summit in London and the World Trademark Forum at INTA. She has served as Chairman of the Board of the International Anticounterfeiting Coalition and has spoken and been published widely on fashion law around the world.  She has been the subject of stories in numerous publications, including the New York Times, and was a consultant in intellectual property to USAID's Start Vietnam program in 2002 and 2004.

    Kolsun clerked for the Second Circuit after her graduation from Cardozo in 1982. She received her J.D. from Cardozo Law in 1982 and is a member of the Order of the Coif. She received her B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College in 1971 and her experience as a professional singer and actress continues to motivate her fierce efforts to protect artists' and designers' intellectual property rights.

    Learn more: Cardozo Law | The FAME Law Center

    Hosted by: Christopher Lacy, Assistant Professor, Parsons School of Design

    Produced by: Joshua Williams, Assistant Professor, Parsons School of Design

    Executive Producer: Fashion Consort

    Follow the podcast on Instagram: @RetailRevolutionPodcast

    • 34 min
    Conversation with Fanny Damiette

    Conversation with Fanny Damiette

    Fanny Damiette dives into the current thinking and practices related to customer-centric, omni-channel fashion marketing. She discusses the need for a more personalized brand experience, based on integrity.

    Fanny spent 15+ years building her international experience in branding, creative and marketing leadership. She has consulted with start-ups and industry-leading companies. She is known for her ability to optimize her right / left brain thinking to successfully lead and manage top-level creatives, strategists, engineers, data scientists and executives in delivering critical projects

    Currently, Fanny is the CMO at The Webster, a US-based high luxury retail platform known for its unique identity and very strong brand assortment, where she oversees all creative and digital marketing as well as Brand strategy. Prior to that, Fanny was the VP of Brand and Marketing at NSTO, a New York-based international luxury retailer group known for its distinctive luxury designer brands selection. At NSTO, Fanny was responsible for overseeing both Totokaelo and Need Supply Co. brand experiences and establishing them as major contemporary luxury players on a global scale.

    Previously, she was Director of Brand and Marketing Strategy at SSENSE, a Canadian-based international luxury retailer known for its distinctive brand identity and unique marketing. At SSENSE, she drove the Brand Strategy and Marketing activities, while also overseeing Customer Insights and Brand Partnerships.

    Fanny spent 8 years as a Brand Consultant at renowned global design French firm Saguez & Partners, leading large scale initiatives with industry-leading clients such as BNP Paribas, Vinci, Unibail Rodamco, L’Oreal, Yves Rocher, Carrefour. Her lifelong passion for telling inspiring brand stories led her to the IFM (Institut Francais de la Mode) in Paris, known as the top ranking Global Fashion School for business, where she earned a Masters in Global Fashion Management. As a Branding expert, she has been invited to give talks about branding, and to teach Brand & Marketing to aspiring entrepreneurs at her alma mater. Fanny has been a lecturer and a mentor there since 2015.

    Learn more: LinkedIn | The Webster

    Hosted by: Christopher Lacy, Assistant Professor, Parsons School of Design

    Produced by: Joshua Williams, Assistant Professor, Parsons School of Design

    Executive Producer: Fashion Consort

    Follow the podcast on Instagram: @RetailRevolutionPodcast

    • 40 min
    Conversation with Nichole Simms, CEO, Creative Visual Solutions

    Conversation with Nichole Simms, CEO, Creative Visual Solutions

    Nichole Simms shares her insight on retail store management, with a focus on employee team building, leadership and customer engagement. She stresses the importance of clear communication around strategy, goals and expected outcomes.

    Nichole is the CEO and founder of Creative Visual Solutions, a retail and sales consultant company that helps Boutique and Small Retail Owners grow their businesses through proven Merchandising and Sales strategies. Throughout her career she has had the privilege of driving results and collaborating with some of the country's best retailers such as The Gap, Ann Taylor, Forever 21, Nike, UA and The North Face. She has been featured in top retail publications such as ​Compliant IA​ and ​Independent Retailer​. Now she uses her vast experience to help her clients achieve sales success within their businesses.

    Learn more: LinkedIn | Creative Visual Solutions

    Hosted by: Christopher Lacy, Assistant Professor, Parsons School of Design

    Produced by: Joshua Williams, Assistant Professor, Parsons School of Design

    Executive Producer: Fashion Consort

    Follow the podcast on Instagram: @RetailRevolutionPodcast

    • 24 min
    Conversation with Seph Skerritt, Founder, Proper Cloth

    Conversation with Seph Skerritt, Founder, Proper Cloth

    Seph Skerritt discusses the entrepreneurial and creative process of building a tech fashion company that provides custom men’s shirts. He shares advice on how to scale a new business by creating tools that automate and refine the user experience over time.

    Seph is the founder and CEO of Proper Cloth. Seph founded Proper Cloth in 2008 and has grown the business to be the leading brand for mens custom shirts.  In his current role, Seph is closely involved in new technology development, product design, marketing and advertising.  Prior to Proper Cloth, Seph received an MBA from MIT Sloan and a Bachelors in Electrical Engineering from the University of California at San Diego.  Seph currently lives in New York. 

    Learn more: LinkedIn | Proper Cloth

    Hosted by: Christopher Lacy, Assistant Professor, Parsons School of Design

    Produced by: Joshua Williams, Assistant Professor, Parsons School of Design

    Executive Producer: Fashion Consort

    Follow the podcast on Instagram: @RetailRevolutionPodcast

    • 27 min
    Conversation with Joshua Kapelman, EVP, Hilldun Corporation

    Conversation with Joshua Kapelman, EVP, Hilldun Corporation

    Joshua Kapelman discusses the intersection of fashion and finance and the shifting landscape of fashion wholesale and retail. He provides tips for young designers and brands seeking to break into the market, with a focus on Direct-to-Consumer and Specialty retail.

    Joshua Kapelman is EVP & Managing Director of Hilldun Corporation. 

Prior to joining, Joshua had extensive experience in entrepreneurship, finance, and sales; having launched two companies in the e-sports market during its infancy. Hilldun, is well known as the company that provides entrepreneurial financing and factoring for many of America's iconic fashion brands. Joshua has also served as a speaker and judge at a number of conferences, including recently serving as judge at the Fashioning Our Industry pitch competition and speaking at the British Fashion Council’s annual British Fashion Forum. 

Joshua was raised in New York and earned a Bachelor's of Arts degree from Tufts University. He remains active with Tufts University's Tufts Entrepreneurship Center where he sits on its Board of Advisors as the chair of its Development and Governance Committee in addition to the Tufts President’s Council.  Joshua sits on several for-profit boards as well and is an active angel investor.



    In his free time Josh enjoys kiteboarding and spending time with his wife and daughter.

    Learn more: LinkedIn | Hilldun Corporation

    Hosted by: Christopher Lacy, Assistant Professor, Parsons School of Design

    Produced by: Joshua Williams, Assistant Professor, Parsons School of Design

    Executive Producer: Fashion Consort

    Follow the podcast on Instagram: @RetailRevolutionPodcast

    • 27 min
    Conversation with Luisa Herrera-Garcia, SVP of Production, John Varvatos

    Conversation with Luisa Herrera-Garcia, SVP of Production, John Varvatos

    Luisa Herrera-Garcia shares the importance of developing fashion collections that are creative, “on brand” and commercially viable and profitable. She discusses the need for a more transparent and ethical supply chain, especially with women’s rights in mind.

    Luisa Herrera-Garcia has over 25 years of experience working with many of the most important American brands in the menswear industry.

    Presently, Luisa oversees a staff of twenty in the production and design departments for John Varvatos Enterprise. Luisa is responsible for setting the global strategy for planning, production and operation processes while securing profitability requirements for the Varvatos wholesale and retail operations.

    Her professional expertise includes creating the framework for sustained growth and expansion into new markets and developing strong leaders who possess passion and creativity as well as initiating and negotiating new agent and buying office requirements globally . Known as a fair, open minded and determined leader, Luisa sets high standards for herself and for her team. She is driven by the challenge of mentoring and developing talent to achieve personal and professional success, and recognizes this as one of her highest achievement.

    Prior to her affiliation with John Varvatos Enterprise, Luisa spent six years with Calvin Klein, rising to the role of Vice President of Production, where she facilitated the global production and merchandising directives for the Tailored, Sportswear and Furnishings lines. She has held similar roles with Perry Ellis, PVH and Cutlass & Moore earlier in her career.

    As an active participant in philanthropic and civic organizations, Luisa spearheaded the “Mini Olympics,” a celebrity/tastemakers day of competition in Central Park to raise money for various community organizations to benefit children. She has also served on the Host Committee for Jazz at Lincoln Center as well as the Alvin Ailey II Gala from 1996 to 1998.

    Learn more: LinkedIn | John Varvatos

    Hosted by: Christopher Lacy, Assistant Professor, Parsons School of Design

    Produced by: Joshua Williams, Assistant Professor, Parsons School of Design

    Executive Producer: Fashion Consort

    Follow the podcast on Instagram: @RetailRevolutionPodcast

    • 45 min

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